Community supports families affected by fire

<strong>Community supports  families affected by fire</strong>
Collaborative efforts help Hemet Unified families displaced from Cranston fire Photo courtesy of HUSDCommunity members unload a truck of groceries and supplies in an effort to help those families affected by the Cranston fire. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) is beginning another school year welcoming nearly 22,000 students for 2018-2019. This is in the wake of the Cranston fire that affected families in Idyllwild, Anza, and Aguanga. During this chaotic time, community members throughout the area worked together to support their fellow neighbors in any way they could. The weeks leading up to the new school year caused uncertainty for families in these areas (more…)

Hemet musician entertains at Jazz in the Pines

<strong>Hemet musician entertains at Jazz in the Pines</strong>
Local youth strikes a note of pride in San Jacinto Valley Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe Main Stage sported a number of sponsors’ banners including that of The Valley Chronicle, seen here behind the Graham Dechter Quarter. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Jazz isn’t for everyone, but everyone is in awe of one of their own who becomes a celebrated jazz artist. Hemet’s Owen Zorn has risen to the top of his field and has made his valley brethren proud. Zorn, who started playing the violin when he was 2 and is now an accomplished bassist, was a featured artist last weekend at the Idyllwild Arts Academy Jazz (more…)

Sheriff seeks public’s help in Hemet case

<strong>Sheriff seeks public’s help in Hemet case</strong>
Man arrested may have been impersonating a police officer Photo by Riverside Sheriff’s OfficeJeovanny Landeros ■ Riverside Sheriff’s Office / Contributed Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying incidents in which a 24-year-old Hemet man may have posed as a police officer as a ruse to commit additional unknown crimes. Officers are investigating past incidents that may have involved Jeovanny Landeros who was arrested Saturday, Aug. 11, for investigation of possessing an assault rifle, possession of ammunition, and child endangerment. In the course of investigating these charges, deputies found that Laneros allegedly was in possession of a law enforcement badge and other equipment used by law enforcement. (more…)

Homicide families clash with cemetery management

<strong>Homicide families clash with cemetery management</strong>
Police are called in dispute over nontraditional graveside grieving Photos by Robin UnderwoodFriends and loved ones line up outside of the cemetery office to have their turn to speak the management at the San Jacinto Valley Cemetery. ■ Robin Underwood / Reporter The families of some of the valley’s numerous homicide victims have clashed with the management of San Jacinto Valley Cemetery over whether the families’ graveside behaviors are appropriate for the revered resting place of the area’s departed. The social-media-driven victims group even got dinged recently by Facebook after calling for a collective meeting with cemetery officials. Pebbles Moreno, the mother of young man violently gunned down in late 2016 (more…)

Riverside county warns residents about ash

<strong>Riverside county warns residents about ash</strong>
Health officials raise awareness about the dangers of Holy Fire aftermath Photo by John Strangis/EnMediaThe dangers of a wildfire goes beyond the threatening flames when ashes are left behind. ■ County of Riverside / Contributed In the wake of the “Holy Fire,” Riverside County health officials are urging residents to take precautions as they clean up the ash that has fallen on their cars, homes and driveways as a result. “Just because it’s burned up doesn’t make it safe,” said public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser. “Ash can be toxic even in small quantities depending on where it came from.” Officials said residents should not begin the clean-up process while ash (more…)

Man maxes out power growing weed

<strong>Man maxes out power growing weed</strong>
Utility theft investigation leads to marijuana bust Photos by HPDMore than 1,200 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed on Aug. 1 ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed An investigation at a home in Hemet regarding a possible theft of electricity led to the seizure and destruction of more than 1,200 illegal marijuana plants on Aug. 1. On July 31, members of the Hemet Police Department’s R.O.C.S. (Restoring Our Community Strategy) Team received information about a home in the 1000 block of Indiangrass Dr. that was possibly stealing large amounts of electricity. When R.O.C.S. Detectives responded to the residence they were able to smell what they believed to be marijuana and could (more…)

Hemet High teacher charged with sexual assault

<strong>Hemet High teacher charged with sexual assault</strong>
Math teacher from Riverside arrested after suspected involvement with local student riversidesheriff.orgMiguel Chavez, 27, is allegedly responsible for lewd acts with a child among other things. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter A Riverside man teaching mathematics at Hemet High School has been arrested for multiple sexual assault charges on Aug. 6. According to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Police Investigators received a tip on Aug. 3 about a math teacher who may have been involved in a previous relationship with a student. A few days later the suspect, 27 year-old Miguel Chavez, was taken into custody after authorities located him in Hemet where he was detained near Florida and (more…)

Soboba pitches in for clean up

<strong>Soboba pitches in for clean up</strong>
TANF Youth and residents participate in annual community event Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansSoboba TANF Summer Youth Academy program volunteers made a difference during the annual community cleanup day at the Soboba reservation. Among the dozen youth who helped out were Asona Arres, Sica Rivera, Ciara Ramos and Jeremiah Ramos. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed With the Soboba Environmental Department leading the way, tons of waste were collected and properly disposed of during the annual Community Cleanup Day at the Soboba Reservation. Residents were encouraged to bring old furniture, appliances, paint cans and other items they no longer had a need for to the five-hour event on July (more…)

Hemet resident receives nation’s highest award

<strong>Hemet resident receives nation’s highest award</strong>
Sgt. Bill Becker flew black ops over Europe during WWII Dennis Fletcher / The Valley ChronicleU.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to William “Bill” Becker for his work flying secret missions behind enemy lines in support of resistance groups during World War II. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The audience of over a hundred at the American Legion Post 53 hall was welcomed by Hemet Mayor Mike Perciful. The colors were posted by the Blue Eagles Honor Guard from March Air Force Base. The audience was treated to a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem by Darla Fox, singer, songwriter and vocal coach from Menifee. U.S. Rep. (more…)

Community, first responders come together for National Night Out

<strong>Community, first responders come together for National Night Out</strong>
Dennis Fletcher / The Valley ChronicleHemet Mayor Pro-tem Karlee Meyer, HPD’s Lt. Eric Dickson, and Project Hope founder Stacie Olson were among the city and community leaders on hand Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, for National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out centered in Hemet’s Target shopping center parking lot. The event is recognized by millions nationally on the first Tuesday in August. Other groups participating included Hemet Police Volunteers, Hemet Fire Department, American Medical Response, CERT volunteers, and Hemet’s Homeless Outreach Task Force. (more…)